Bontrager King Earl Pedals review£64.99

There are countless flat pedals around but the King Earls are well worth a look. The 6061 CNC body is heat treated, with the chromoly axle running on three bearings per side.

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There are countless flat pedals around but the King Earls are well worth a look. The 6061 CNC body is heat treated, with the chromoly axle running on three bearings per side. We've been kicking around on them for several months on and off and they're still spinning smoothly with no sign of any wonkiness despite tackling some big drops.

The scooped centre gets your foot nice and low on the spindle with 16 stainless steel hollow- point pins that can be threaded in and out to tune grip. The sockets are in the heads of the pins though, so they'll get blocked or bent eventually.

The anodised finish is tough and the weight is reasonable at 666g, but the price is high compared with the well proven opposition from the likes of DMR and Azonic.

 

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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